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Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Enemy in New Kent

The enemy in New Kent.

We learn that a raid was made by about one hundred Yankee cavalry from Williamsburg, in the neighborhood of Barhamsville, New Kent county, where they shot two of our pickets and captured four or five others.

 . . . Richmond Daily Dispatch, November 25, 1862

Arrival of prisoners.
--Forty-five Abolition prisoners arrived at the Libby Prison yesterday morning from Tennessee, and yesterday evening four Yankee deserter from the White House. 

. . .Richmond Daily Dispatch, November 29, 1862

-The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. ; Series 1 - Volume 18

Saturday, November 17, 2012

One hundred fifty years ago . . .

Tribute of Respect.

Camp of the 52d Va Regiment. Near Winchester, Va. Oct. 20th, 1862.

At a meeting of the "Hubbardsville Grays,"Company Regt.Va. Vols, held at their camp on the morning of the 19th instant, a committee were appointed and the following resolutions were offered.
Whereas, it has pleased almighty God, in His mind to take our beloved and sale Jamie M. Saunders, who died in the Battle in Richmond on Wednesday the 15th inst October, 1862, of a wound receive in the battle of Malvern Hill; Therefore,

 1.  That while submissively we bow to the Providence, we still mourn the man that captive us of one whose fellowship and friendship we so much needed, and whose desire was to serve this country in this her time of need. Capt, Sanders was one among the first to offer his service to the Confederacy, and for fourteen months he did all the duties of an officer fearlessly and faithfully, and when the county of New Kent, his place of residence was evacuated, he left home, family and to the mercy of his enemies, to battle for the liberties of his country.
2.Resolved,That while we deeply sympathize with his family in their bereavement, still it is a counseling thought to know that, as a husband and father, he was tender and affectionate, as a friend he was kind generous, and true.
3. Resolved That a copy of these resolutions be admitted wife of the deceased, and also one to the Richmond Dispatch for publication, with the request that the Richmond Whig and the Examiner place copy.

1st Lt Jas B. Timberlake,Chairman,1st Sergt. Augustine Richardson, Sec'y.
 2d. Lt. Wm. T. Burwell, 2d Sgt. W. H. Woodward, 3d Lt. S. R. Richardson, 4th Jno R. Hockaday.

- Richmond Daily Dispatch, November 6, 1862

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Election Results. . . 100 Years Ago

Quinton- Wilson- 27  Roosevelt- 12  Taft- 5
Talleysville- Wilson- 30 Roosevelt- 3  Taft- 4
 New Kent- Wilson- 31 Roosevelt- 4  Taft- 3
 Barhamsville- Wilson- 48 Roosevelt- 13 Taft- 3
Wilson (Democrat) 136  
Roosevelt (Progressive) 32  
Taft  ( Republican) 15

Sunday, October 21, 2012

One hundred fifty years ago this week . . .

-I will pay on delivery at my residence, or to my agent in Richmond, Mr. Peyton Railey, twenty-five Dollars each for the following negroes, that have absented themselves since the Peninsula was invaded by the Yankees:
Grantham — Yellow, about 40 years old, 5½ feet high, very intelligent and capable.
Selden--Brother of Grantham, about 35 years old; a shoemaker and weaver.
Warren--21 years old, bright mulatto, 5 feet 6 inches high, bushy head.
George--21 years old, hostler and carriage driver, fingers cut off.
Carter--24 years old, 5 feet 10 inches high light mulatto; a house servant.
Joe--25 years old, very black, and remarkable white teeth, about 5 feet 7 inches high.
Stepney--19 years old. ginger color, remarkably well set, about 5 feet 5 inches high.
Emanuel--25 years old, ginger color, about 5 feet 5 inches high, wide mouth and thick lips; a good field hand.
Albert--18 years old, black very likely, height about 5 feet 5 inches; field hand.
Taliaferro — A boy 13 years old, dark, ginger color, likely, and well grown for his age.
It is supposed that some of these negroes are with our army in the field, or lurking about Richmond.
Selden and Warren have escaped, from the Confederate prisons.
All necessary expenses, besides the reward, will be cheerfully paid for the return of the above negroes. Braxton Garlick.
Waterloo, New Kent co., Oct. 15, 1862.

-The Daily Dispatch, (Richmond) October 18, 1862.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The 1860 Election

In honor of our current campaign season I am going to focus on historic elections in New Kent over the next few months. And what better place to start then one of the most important and contentious elections in the nation's history, the election of 1860. 1860 saw four major candidates contending for the country's top honor: Abraham Lincoln of Illinois as candidate for the relatively Republican Party, John Breckinridge of Kentucky as the candidate of a predominately southern faction of the Democratic Party, Stephen Douglas (of debate fame and also of Illinois) the nominee of another faction of the Democrats, and finally John Bell of Tennessee as the candidate of the new formed Constitutional Union Party. The Constitutional Union Party was a political way station for many Whigs who no longer had a party. New Kent along with much of the Peninsula was a Whig bastion.

John Bell                   264      60.27%

John Breckinridge       172     39.27%

Stephen Douglas           2     0.46%

Abraham Lincoln            0

To give you some idea of turnout, New Kent in the 1860 census had a white male population of 1092 of whom roughly 600 were of voting age. With 438 votes cast that gives a turnout of about 75%.

Returns from the Richmond Daily Enquirer of December 24, 1860.